Virat Kohli leads India for record breaking win

Tanya Simon
October 18, 2019

They sealed the three-match Test series against South Africa by 2-0 with the final match yet to be played in Ranchi.

Kohli's 254 off 336 balls changed into as soon as his highest ranking in Test cricket and seen him surpass Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, who both gathered six double centuries in the longest layout of the sport.

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South Africa batters once again failed to live upto the expectations as they lost to India by an innings and 137 runs in Pune.

"On this surface, the ball will eventually turn here on day two and three, so day one will be the best time to bat", Kohli said ahead of his 50th Test as captain.

Ashwin had skipper Faf du Plessis - who promoted himself to number four in the batting order - caught behind for five with wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha holding on to a juggling catch.

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The Kohli-Rahane duo added 158 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket stand and South Africa will certainly feel dejected as their bowlers put up a good show even though the scoreboard suggested otherwise.

"The way India batted, especially Virat with 250, it takes a lot of mental toughness".

"I was saying to Virat before the toss he must teach me the magic trick he uses to win the toss in India", Du Plessis said with a smile after losing his sixth successive away toss. Then, the Indian bowling attack responded to the captain's call with perfection.

Du Plessis said Kohli's innings was a lesson for any batsman. "We were found wanting in this Test match".

In the first Test against South Africa, Rohit Sharma was exceptional as he scored 176 runs in the first innings and then he went on to score 126 in the second innings.

Opener Mayank Agarwal, who notched up his second Test hundred in the Pune Test, also moved up in the rankings to break into the top 20.

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